Virgin Atlantic has become the first UK airline to join the USA’s Transport Security Administration (TSA) Precheck programme, known as TSA Preü. The new system, which came into effect for Virgin on the 26th January, means that passengers enrolled on the scheme will be able to skip the slower queues and benefit from a faster, easier screening process. The average customer using TSA Preü spends less than five minutes when travelling through airports such as JFK and passengers will not have to remove shoes, light jackets or belts. Laptops and compliant liquids can remain inside hand luggage.
The TSA Preü is simple to access. Qualifying customers who enter a valid Known Traveller Number (KTN) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP)-issued PASSID in their Virgin Atlantic reservations and are pre-approved will then see the TSA Preü indicator on their mobile or printed boarding passes. Eligible customers will then be led to TSA Preü lanes within an airport’s security screen area to proceed through an accelerated screening process.

Mark Anderson, Executive Vice President, Customer, Virgin Atlantic, said: “We’re always looking for ways to make our customers’ journeys more enjoyable, and that’s why we’re partnering with the TSA to offer our customers TSA Preü on flights from the US to the UK so they have a stress-free journey from the moment they enter the airport to the point that they arrive at their final destination.”

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